New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy left to Israel on the second and final leg of his first overseas trip.
After spending a few days in Germany Murphy will spend some time in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on an economic mission.
His office says the purpose of the trip is to “deepen economic, cultural, and political ties between New Jersey and Israel.”
The trip is continuing forward, despite the passing of Gov. Phil Murphy’s father in law, Edward Brown Snyder, at the age of 90.
The Murphys on Saturday morning announced Snyder’s passing.
“Yesterday, we learned of the passing of Tammy’s father, Edward Brown Snyder. We consider ourselves lucky and blessed to have been able to speak with him one last time, only twelve hours before his passing,” the couple said in a joint statement.
“As a proud member of the Jewish faith, his final ask of us was to continue our trip to Israel. Ever the mensch, he left specific instructions for services to wait until our return. With heavy hearts and tears in our eyes, we will dedicate our presence in this holy land to his memory.”